Learn about Mental Illness from People Who Have Been There
In Our Own Voice is a free, 60 - 90 minute presentation by people living with mental illness. The program broadeens people's knowledge of mental illness, replacing misunderstanding, fear and judgment with insight, awareness and acceptance.
Pairs of NAMI - trained presenters talk to diverse audiences, such as:
Community and civic providers.
Law enforcement professionals.
Human resource departments.
To arrange for a presentation contact Alita VanHee, In Our Own Voice Coordinator at 925.324.9844 or email@example.com.
The presentations are about hope, recovery, and stigma.
Hear from people who have struggled with disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and other severe mental illnesses. These presenters offer insight and hope by their example and testimonials of their experiences.
The brief video features consumers speaking about the topics of Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatments, Coping Skills, Successes, and Hopes and Dreams.
The presenters also provide opportunity for discussion about each section to enrich the audience's understanding of living with mental illness.
Any community or civic organization that may be interested in learning more about mental illnesses and recovery.
Health care providers who desire strengthened communication with their clients and improved outcomes.
Law enforcement officials to increase awareness of and sensitivity to behaviors triggered by mental illness.
Faith communities to increase responsiveness to people with mental illnesses who may first turn to their spiritual community for guidance.
Students of various age levels, who wish to expand their knowledge of living with mental illness.
Consumers in day programs, inpatient settings, support groups, and other community settings who can share, learn, and find hope for successful living.
Family and friends who may need further reassurance of the possibility of recovery for their loved ones.
To meet the need for consumer-run education initiatives.
To set a standard for quality education about mental illness from those who have been there.
To offer genuine work opportunities for consumers.
To encourage self-confidence and self-esteem in presenters.
To focus on recovery and the message of hope.
Presenters are people who have overcome great obstacles against great odds, and are now living successful lives, achieving their goals. They've chosen to help spread the word that people with severe mental illness get well and stay well. They give people information about recovery, and also inspiration and hope.
During the training, presenters will practice telling their personal stories, develop facilitation skills, develop story points that will be relevant and meaningful to specific audiences, and develop a professional presentation that they could take to their communities.
It is our hope that individuals will send us possible venue ideas.
Contact the coordinator, Alita Van Hee via the NAMI CC Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people that have mental illness in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
NAMI CC Care and Support Group
3rd Mondy of each month
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Campus
John Muir Hospital
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
Downstairs in the Epstein
Park in the free public garage on the La Casa Via side of
Facilitated by Sharon Madison and Bob Thigpen.
For more information
In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.
NAMI FaithNet is a new information resource for
faith communities, NAMI members and community partners and for clergy and congreations of all faith traditions who working together to create welcoming, supportive faith communities for individuals and families living with mental illness.
Offering support, education and resources to parents/caregivers of older teens and young adults diagnosed with a mood disorder, (bipolar, depression, anxiety and more).
Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at the Lafayette/Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive in Lafayette from 7-9pm.
Contact Annette 510-733-0577 or
Cyndy 925-362-9434 for more information.
Membership in the support group is free and open to the
NAMI-CC Writers' Group
1st tuesday of each month
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
You may drop in or attend regularly. All are welcomed. All writing levels welcomed.
Crestwood Healing Center, far back room by back parking
area. Call for room location, as it can be tricky to find.
550 Patterson, Pleasant Hill
Contact: Susan Medlin
(925) 957-5104 or
RSVP is helpful:
Leave a message at
To help with cookies, set up, or get information: leave a message at 925-942-0767
Sponsored by a partnership of NAMI CC and Office of Consumer
Dual Recovery Anonymous is a 12 Step self-help program
that is based on the principals of the Twelve Steps and
the experiences of men and women in recovery with a dual
diagnosis. The DRA program helps us recover from both our
chemical dependency and our emotional or psychiatric illness
by focusing on relapse prevention and actively improving
the quality of our lives. In a community of mutual support,
we learn to avoid the risks that lead back to alcohol and
drug use as well as reducing the symptoms of our emotional
or psychiatric illness.
Tuesdays 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm
John Muir Center for Recovery Classroom B
2730 Grant Street, Concord
Clutterer's Support Group
ClutterLess is a 510(c)3 non-profit, peer-based, self help support group for people who want to change their cluttering behaior on a deeper level than learning how to organize.